This course is run in partnership with Middlesex University.
Whether you are attending University or additional professional sessions within your host school, you will be working towards meeting the national Teaching Standards. Within the school setting, as your confidence and knowledge develops, you will be mentored and guided to work towards managing a trainees teaching timetable by the final term of your course. You will then be prepared to teach a Newly Qualified Teachers timetable the following year. We will fully support you and tailor the programme as much as possible to accommodate your needs. In addition, at Middlesex University you will also benefit from access to the University’s extensive resources, including those provided by the library and student support services.
The School Direct programme provides you with a series of subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies which will be run at the University and at your host school. These may include sessions which:
Allow you to visit a variety of partnership schools and non-formal educational sites to enhance learning in specialist areas.
Provide you with opportunities to enhance your knowledge and pedagogy of your subject, or specialist area of the curriculum.
Develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion or EAL and SEND provision in schools.
You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach effectively.
In addition to developing the knowledge and skills required to teach, you will also be able to identify and evaluate effective strategies for assessing children’s learning through formative and summative assessment strategies. You will learn to critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources for your subject and understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering the curriculum.
When you are training with us you will train for the majority of the time within your ‘host’ school and then experience another school within the Alliance in the 2nd term for 6 weeks.
Our lead mentor will visit you within your second setting to ensure you are supported throughout this time along with a mentor being provided every step of the way at the school.
This provides a chance to experience a different setting and perfect your practice whilst working towards the teaching standards. You will then return to your host school to complete your training.
A relevant honours degree from a British university with a minimum 2.2 or equivalent overseas degree supported by a recent NARIC certificate.
Maths and English at Grade C or higher or equivalent (supported by a recent NARIC certificate for overseas students)
For GCSEs, an equivalent qualification from Equivalency Testing Ltd is acceptable, but not any other provider.
Above all else we want to see that you like and can interact appropriately with children and young people. We want to see that you:
are determined, trustworthy and resilient
show patience and kindness to others, and don’t harbour grudges
can engage peoples’ attention, and adapt to situations as they unfold
You need to be very clear about why you want to become a teacher, the skills involved and what you can bring to the profession.
You must complete a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check and submit a health questionnaire. Further details will be sent to you on your offer.
Salary is paid at the UQT1 pay scale.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Aim Alliance Schools is a collaborative Alliance of schools made up of both Primary and Secondary Schools. London Academy is the lead school for School Direct within the Alliance. We train and develop teachers in north London, working in partnership with Middlesex University, Hertfordshire University and e-Qualitas.
We provide experienced mentors within the classroom and Lead Phase mentors provide additional support throughout the year. We are small (a cohort of 30 this year) but concentrate on quality with 100% pass rate of our cohort last year. Our schools work closely together in partnership with our training providers to ensure you receive a quality, tailored programme of learning and support.
In Partnership with our Alliance School Direct trainees achieve consistently high outcomes and the majority graduate as excellent practitioners. This is a result of the strong partnerships that we have with Middlesex University and our shared commitment to providing high quality training for all primary and secondary ITT courses.
There are many reasons why you could choose Middlesex but the main one is that they genuinely work in partnership with our alliance. This means that together, we train the teachers of the future that become qualified staff in local schools.
The Head of Department at the ‘host’ school will be interviewing you along with a member of the Senior Management Team. A representative of the University will also be involved along with the Lead Phase Mentor. You will be asked to prepare a lesson or part of a lesson in your subject to deliver to a group of students in order to assess your interaction and communication skills with young people. You will also be asked to sit a brief literacy and numeracy task.
In addition, you will be asked to bring your certificates and photo identification with you on the day.
One interview will take place at the school and then a further interview may take place with the university.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Aim Alliance Schools is always willing to support applications from candidates with disabilities. The Alliance will try to accommodate all trainees with disabilities and other needs. Individual needs will be assessed on application and our lead phase mentors will discuss with individuals how their needs can be supported.
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